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Graphic Arts Center Publishing

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Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company was a book publishing company based in Portland, Oregon, United States.

Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
Founded1968 (1968)
Defunct2009 (2009)
HeadquartersPortland, Oregon, USA
Key people
Mike Hopkins, president
Productsbooks, calendars
Number of employees
Website (dead link) archived version

Graphic Arts Center was one of the Northwest's largest book publishers,[citation needed] publishing about 40 books annually and selling over 500 titles to the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom and Europe.[1] Using three imprints — Graphic Arts Books, Alaska Northwest Books, and WestWinds Press — Graphic Arts published and distributed books that focused on lifestyle and place.[citation needed]

The company filed for bankruptcy and was liquidated in November 2009.[2]


Graphic Arts Center Publishing started in 1967 as a division of Graphic Arts Center, Inc., Oregon's largest printer. The publishing house was one of the pioneers in publishing large-format, full-color print books. These became known as "coffee table books." Their first book in this format was the popular Oregon, a book of photographs by Ray Atkeson, which became a series that includes Oregon 2 and Oregon III.[3]

In the mid 1980s, Graphic Arts began to diversify from photographic books into subjects like children's fiction and non-fiction. In 1993, Graphic Arts acquired Alaska Northwest Books, the largest trade book publisher in the Alaskan market.[citation needed]

In 1998, Graphic Arts started its third imprint, WestWinds Press, to launch a series of Western titles and photography books.

In April 2006, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.[1] In October 2006, Ingram Content Group invested in Graphic Arts as part of a bankruptcy reorganization plan.[4] In January 2007, Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company emerged from bankruptcy.[5] The company again filed for bankruptcy in order to liquidate in November 2009.[2]


  1. ^ a b Milliot, Jim (April 10, 2006). "Graphic Arts Files Chapter 11". Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on April 11, 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-17.
  2. ^ a b Hunsberger, Brent (November 16, 2009). "Portland coffee table book publisher files for bankruptcy". The Oregonian. Archived from the original on May 5, 2018. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  3. ^ "Publishing in the Northwest". Open Spaces Quarterly. Archived from the original on 2006-10-17. Retrieved 2006-11-17.
  4. ^ Maul, Kimberly (October 23, 2006). "Ingram Invests in Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company". The Book Standard. Retrieved 2006-11-20.[dead link]
  5. ^ Bryson, George (April 21, 2007). "Regional publisher closes book on Chapter 11". Anchorage Daily News. Archived from the original on 2007-04-24. Retrieved 2007-05-23.